Plastics are nearly impossible to avoid. Many of our everyday products are made or packaged in plastic. Plastic often contains BPA and phthalates, two common toxins that children are exposed to. They leech into our bodies and harm our systems. You would do well to remove plastics from your baby’s life entirely. Here are some products that help.
1. Use glass baby bottles
The biggest threat of plastic in baby bottles used to be BPA. In the U.S., baby bottles have to be made without BPA now, thankfully. Still, other harmful toxins remain in plastic that we don’t want in our children’s bodies. Use a hybrid glass baby bottle with an outer sheath so plastic never touches your child’s milk.
2. Opt for natural rubber pacifiers
Pacifiers are a necessity. Use ones made from natural rubber without colorants or chemical softeners. TheEcopacifier has a nipple and round shield that promotes breastfeeding.
3. Make safe baby food
Even if your food is organic and healthy, you could be contaminating it by using a baby food maker with toxins. The babycook pro makes 4.7 cups of food in a sleek, patented countertop appliance that steam cooks, blends and reheats all-in-one, in 15 minutes or less. It’s BPA-, lead-, and phthalate-free.
4. Buy wooden toys
It seems like 99% of all toys are made with plastic these days! We have to go out of our way to find safe, wooden toys. Maple Landmark Woodcraft has a great line of baby-safe toys that don’t come with toxic lacquers, stains or finishes.
5. Change that diaper safely
Think of how many times you laid your baby on the changing pad. Hundreds, right? That’s why the changing mat should be safely made. Unfortunately, many are made of vinyl with a plastic finish. The L.A. Baby Contour Changing Pad is made from organic cotton.
6. Drink plastic-free
The best bottles are made from food-grade stainless steel, like these Pura Kiki bottles. They’re perfect for infants, toddlers and even adults. The best part is you can attach a variety of nipples and tops depending on the user’s preference.
7. Use a plastic-free crib mattress
Like I said before, babies spend a lot of time in their crib. Many mattresses materials are processed with BPA and phthalates. This organic crib mattress uses all-natural Coconut Coir and safe latex, all enclosed in an organic cotton quilt.
8. Use organic blankets instead of plastic activity and play mats
Most of cute and interactive activity mats and play mats are full of toxins, especially if they have plastic backing and toys. Use an organic blanket instead for changing, cuddling and play. The Cutie Bees organic cotton blankets are our favorite.
9. Choose a wooden high chair
The Keekaroo Height Right High Chair is a great way to feed your baby. It’s made from renewable rubber wood and a plant-based liquor. It does have a plastic cover, but it’s phthalate- and BPA-free.
Here’s another great option for feeding. This adjustable high chair with removable tray is made from eco-friendly beach wood and a natural finish. No plastic here!
10. Make a safe sleep space
Your baby will spend the majority of his/her time in the crib during the first few years. It’s imperative that your baby have a safe, non-toxic sleep space. Babee Talk’s soft organic bedding contains no heavy metals. The crib rail cover is made without any plastics or fire retardants. It’s all made specifically for baby to chew on.
11. Feed your baby right
Anything that goes into your child’s mouth should be as safe as you can make it. Instead of using traditional plastic cutlery, opt for stainless steel. BEABA’s stainless steel cutlery is designed for your child’s hand. Of course it’s free of BPA, lead and phthalates.
Guest Blog by Pooja Songar, Founder of Cutie Bees
Pooja Songar is a mom of 2 kids, ages 4 and 2 years, an IT professional (an Engineer) who has worked for Fortune 11 companies. After her first child struggled with skin rashes and eczema, Pooja learned about the issue of chemicals in baby clothing and their harmful health effects. Since then she has become an advocate for non-toxic living and is the inventor of the trendy, non-toxic baby clothing line, Cutie Bees.
Cutie Bees chic wardrobe ensembles are for little ladies and gentlemen on the go, whose outfits reflect not only their personalities, sense of fun but also mom’s sense of style. Visit http://www.cutiebees.com.
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